It was a tough week for the Canisius ice hockey team as we faced off for three games against two strong opponents.
Tuesday night brought one of the games that we have been waiting for: The Battle of the Bridge against the Niagara Purple Eagles. The atmosphere was intense as we stepped out onto the ice to be met by a packed house of students and fans from the community.
We brought the crowd to their feet early as we scored two quick goals. We started off the game exactly how we wanted to as we dictated the fast pace of the game. There were no surprises in the game in that it was full of big hits and even bigger goals. The game would end up coming right down to the wire as we scored the equalizer with the seconds ticking down, but would ultimately fall in overtime.
After only one day of practice, the Griffs piled onto the bus once again and headed to Connecticut for a series against the University of Connecticut. The bus ride was a little bit quieter this time around, as the loss Tuesday night was still fresh on everyone's mind. We knew we had a tough weekend coming up and that we would have to be at our best.
Friday night we played what we thought was a sound and solid game, but could not seem to find that extra edge to win and a couple of missed assignments led to a close loss. Saturday was more of a battle between goaltenders. On our end, freshman Tony Capobianco stood on his head, but once again, we could not seem to find the back of the net enough times and ended in a 1-1 tie.
It was obviously a disappointing week for the Ice Griffs, as we only took one point out of a possible six. Although it may not seem this way, I think that the team is improving every day. There are simply parts of our game that we need to focus on and improve in order to be successful.
This next week will be spent getting back to work and doing whatever we can to get better for our next series of games.
See you at the rink,
Scott Jenks, #3